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Vomiting during meals

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Hi, I have an 8 month old boy who happily ate pureed baby food from around 5 months. Over the last month or so he seems to gag during meals and sometimes then vomits the meal he's just eaten, plus food that was already digested!! I thought it was initially the chunks in the food that I had introduced, so went back to giving him everything that has been pureed but it doesn't make a difference. It's not every meal and not a particular kind of meal, and he is still putting on good weight, but im concerned as shouldnt he be eating lumpier food by now? And finger food? Has anyone been through this before? I have an appt with his pediatrician but I cant get in until next month...ANy advice would be greatly appreciated!


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My daughter has had feeding problems right from birth. She was 4 weeks preemie, but that wasn't the problem. You may want to see a doctor for sure and if you can't see the doctor for another month, find a new one.
My daughter was admitted to the hospital at 3 weeks old because of vomitting. She has a condition called Pyloric Stenosis. Pyloric stenosis, a condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract during infancy, isn't normal - it can cause your baby to vomit forcefully and often and may cause other problems such as dehydration and salt and fluid imbalances. Pyloric stenosis is a narrowing of the pylorus, the lower part of the stomach through which food and other stomach contents pass to enter the small intestine. When an infant has pyloric stenosis, the muscles in the pylorus have become enlarged to the point where food is prevented from emptying out of the stomach.

Thus, this causes the vomiting, it normally occurs with first born boys, but my daughter got it. So really, it can happen to anyone.
Here is the link to a website that can give you more info:

Michelle - posted on 02/11/2009




unfortunately, my son inherited that weak gag reflex by his FATHER!  I started my son later with the solids (around 6 months instead of 4 months) and he started to eat fine, then fought me about eating.  Now he's excellent and actually opens his mouth for me and craves for more.  I say try to let him feed himself.  Maybe he doesn't like the experience so ease him into it.  You try it for him and let him see how good iti s and maybe it'll make him curious and want to try it himself.  It's was difficult for me bc my child is deaf and all i can do is sign and even at that, he's learning those signs and doesn't always understand and NO matter how frustrated I am, he can read my face more than my voice.  Be patient.  They have their own pace at wanting things at their own time.  Apparently no one told me they rule the world LOL  If you really concerned about the nutrients he needs, try some vitamins either OTC or by your Dr.  When he's ready, he'll let you know but always try. GOod luck!

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